No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.
We are all dying. Everyone knows this. There’s no getting out of it. We are going to die no matter how virtuous, safe, loved, or important we are. But very few properly appreciate the opportunity we have by knowing that death is coming. We tend to think of the date of death as being an abstract, distant thing. But what if it’s not? What if it’s tonight? If you were to die in your sleep tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent your last day?
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is a YA novel that presents a near-future in which people are given a concrete opportunity to make that last day count. A mysterious service alerts those who are going to die at some point in the next 24-hours. There is no escaping or changing that destiny; those who receive an alert by the service will absolutely die in that time period. Two teenage boys receive alerts on the same night. How do they spend their last day? Does the knowledge of their imminent death assist them in truly living?